An overabundance of flackage

Party sceneRoss Johnson of Sitrick and Company did such a good job promoting Tuesday night's premiere party for Captivity that he had bloggers falling over themselves to pre-hype the event, got an advance piece in the New York Times and roped L.A. Times columnist Joel Stein into the act. Only problem is, Patt Morrison also decided to write about the movie. Her Op-Ed column runs first — today in the Times. Stein's weekly Op-Ed offerings run on Fridays, so he's been told to spike his already finished Captivity column and come up with something more original. Stein may be perturbed, but Johnson can't be too disappointed. The LAT joined in the advance billing by hyping the "mother of all politically incorrect premiere parties," then sent Paul Cullum to cover the gawkers, Suicide Girls and fake S&M displays.

Also: Female reporters for The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal and Portfolio were invited, then disinvited, then un-disinvited. In the end, at least one was sorry she went. "It felt a little as if a young Clive Barker were throwing a basement kegger while his parents were away," wrote Portfolio's Claire Hoffman.

Anyway: John Waters' outfit at last night's Hairspray party was far more terrifying than anything at the Captivity bash, Defamer says.

Edited post

Photo: Defamer

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